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Folk art is foundation of culture, says official

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District-level Janapada Kalamela organised in Bellary

TRADITIONAL ART: The all-woman team from Veerapur village in Kudligi taluk presenting Dollu kunita at the Janapada Kalamela in Bellary.
TRADITIONAL ART: The all-woman team from Veerapur village in Kudligi taluk presenting Dollu kunita at the Janapada Kalamela in Bellary.

Polaiah, District Tribal Development Officer, has said that folk art is the foundation of culture, and it is the duty of everyone to nurture and propagate it.

Speaking at the district-level Janapada Kalamela for Scheduled Tribes organised by the Department of Kannada and Culture at Joladarashi Doddanagouda Rangamandir here on Wednesday, Mr. Polaiah complimented the organisers for promoting various types of folk art through the kalamela.

Sujatamma, a ‘Bayalata' exponent and recipient of the Janapada and Yakshagana Academy award, inaugurated the event. Pompapati, another ‘Bayalata' exponent, presided over the programme. Chornur Kotrappa, Assistant Director, Department of Kannada and Culture, welcomed.

Tahsildar Sashidhar Bagali and Deputy Director of the Pre-University Board U. Ramamurthy spoke. Additional Superintendent of Police Ashok Kurer, artistes Ashwaramanna and Belagallu Veeranna and others were present. Later, ‘Dollu kunita' was presented by an all-woman team from Veerapur village in Kudligi taluk, ‘Bayalata' by another all-woman team from the same village and ‘Tasharam dhol' by Mohan and troupe. Bannemma and troupe from Sovenahalli in Sandur taluk presented bhajans.

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